Of course, the silly thing is that most men, no matter their ethnic background or religion, at least in America and in Western Europe and I suspect elsewhere, are definitely preoccupied wtih both money and sex. -----Original Message----- From: [log in to unmask] To: [log in to unmask] Sent: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 12:45 AM Subject: Re: Eliot and Anti-Semitism from the London Review of Books CR: According to Grover Smith (T.S. Eliot's Poetry and Plays: A Study in Sources and Meaning) Bleistein's cigar symbolizes "fleshly greed and gluttony". ================================= PM: That would make more sense, but does he give any reason for such a view? The thing is, Blestein's activities as described, are presented as different ("But") from Burbank's, and there is no sexual activity associated with Bleistein. ================================== PM: A further thought: There is nothing in the poem to indicate that Burbank is Jewish. Which may be yet another jibe aginst the Jews. The non-Jew gets his kicks from sex. The Jew is much more preoccupied with mucking with money. P. ________________________________________________________________________ Check out the new AOL. Most comprehensive set of free safety and security tools, free access to millions of high-quality videos from across the web, free AOL Mail and more.